The fourth Sunday before Christmas is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is the beginning of the Christian year, leading up to Christmas. It includes the preceding four weeks before Christmas Day.
On the first Sunday of Advent in December 2018, I wrote a poem inspired by one of the four scripture lessons, and I decided that day, as a spiritual practice, that I would try to write one poem a week based on one of the lessons in the Sunday service. Typically, most worship services have four lessons: from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Epistles, and the Gospels.
This habit took hold. I enjoy doing this. After a few weeks, I decided to start posting these poems on Wordtreasure. My first posting was for the Sunday of February 24, 2019.
Welcome to the My Practice page. While the poems for the most recent quarter of the liturgical year are on the main page of Wordtreasure, you may access the older poems here.
Previous My-practice Poems
Click this to open the file. The file begins with my first poem on December 2, 2018. Look up the scripture (for example, Psalm 25:1-10) in your preferred online Bible source. Read the scripture, and then read the poem.
Suggestion for Reading
It is important that you read the scripture BEFORE you read the poem. Many of my poems (but not all) read like miniature homilies in which the sense of the poem is grounded in the scriptural text.